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A podcast focused on creating engaging and accessible political education for today's Left. We read all those theory and politics books and teach them to you, the listener, so you don't have to. Then you take what you learn and put it into practice.

You can find Red Library's sister project at https://capillariesblog.wordpress.com which focused on political theory and analysis. Come check it out!

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A podcast focused on creating engaging and accessible political education for today's Left. We read all those theory and politics books and teach them to you, the listener, so you don't have to. Then you take what you learn and put it into practice.

You can find Red Library's sister project at https://capillariesblog.wordpress.com which focused on political theory and analysis. Come check it out!

    The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love (Pt. 1)

    The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love (Pt. 1)

    In a very special 2-part episode, Comrade Adam is joined by former guests and Red Library patrons, Comrades Tiberius and Ryan, to discuss bell hooks's The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love.
    We start part 1 with discussion of hooks's main arguments for the book overall, the nature of patriarchal hierarchy, how patriarchy impacts the ways men's ability to love and be vulnerable, and tons more. This one gets pretty personal for all of us in the best possible way.
    Further Reading/References
    bell hooks The Will to Change Review and Summary Capitalist Realism Restorative Justice Barbara Deming Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women Second-wave Feminism ------------------------------------------------
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    • 2 hrs 3 min
    The Enchantments of Mammon w. The Regrettable Century (Pt. 2)

    The Enchantments of Mammon w. The Regrettable Century (Pt. 2)

    A Lost Horizons Network Collaboration
    It's time once again for Real Nerd Hourz with our podrades from The Regrettable Century! And we decided to keep it chill this time and read a book together that is only 1000 pages. We join forces to kick off our new collaborative reading series on Eugene Macarraher's The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity. 
    For part 2, CC Don is in the driver's seat and we are going to focus on Mammonism in the mid-19th century in the U.S. Topics of note include Puritanism, Transcendentalism, and all sorts of other good stuff. And CC Don brings his icy cold analysis as per usual with some core questions about McCarraher's concepts thus far. 
    Further Readings/References
    Eugene McCarraher The Enchantments of Mammon Review Max Weber The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism ------------------------------------------------
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    • 2 hrs 8 min
    PATREON EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Icy Cold Takes on a Dark Knight (Pt. 1)

    PATREON EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Icy Cold Takes on a Dark Knight (Pt. 1)

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    The Red Troika offers the most systematic, complex Icy Cold Take in the show's history focused on the conservative reactionary mindset in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.
    Batman (the symbol of neoliberal right-wing authoritarian power) must battle his 3 greatest ideological foes: liberal technocratic biopower, a completely misunderstood version of anarchism, and the greatest threat, revolutionary Marxism-Leninism. But there is an even GREATER threat looming behind all 3...
    The icy told take is so frosty it's gonna give you frostbite. Make sure to wear your mittens, comrades!
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    • 13 min
    Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution 1944-1954 (Pt. 2)

    Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution 1944-1954 (Pt. 2)

    Part of Red Library's Revolutionary Politics in Central and South America Series
    At long last, we finally tackle the Guatemalan Revolution and the tragic rise and fall of Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 in a monstrous, dense two-part episode on Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States 1944-1954 by Piero Gleijeses.
    In part 2, we pick up on Jacobo Arbenz's presidency, Decree 900 and agrarian reform in Guatemala, the beginnings of the CIA plot to out Arbenz, and take it all the way up to the final tragic days of Arbenz as the U.S.-backed coup led by Castillo Armas closes in on Guatemala City. We do our best to wrap up the episode and talk about what we can take away from studying the history of a communist vision for Guatemala that was brutally extinguished in the 1950's.
    Further Reading/References
    Piero Gleijeses Radio War Nerd Patreon Page r/badhistory post on Jacobo Arbenz Maria Cristina Vilanova Jose Manuel Fortuny Guatemalan Party of Labour Decree 900 The Logic of Violence in Civil War Formosa Adam Curtis's Documentary on Edward Bernays and Public Relations Archbishop Rossell y Arellano Castillo Armas Edward Bernays Dean Acheson Operation AJAX Allan Dulles John Foster Dulles Operation FORTUNE Operation PBSUCCESS Council on Foreign Relations John Peurifoy When Mountains Tremble Operation Gladio Efrain Rios Montt Human Terrain System   ------------------------------------------------
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution 1944-1954 (Pt. 1)

    Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution 1944-1954 (Pt. 1)

    Part of Red Library's Revolutionary Politics in Central and South America Series
    At long last, we finally tackle the Guatemalan Revolution and the tragic rise and fall of Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 in a monstrous, dense two-part episode on Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States 1944-1954 by Piero Gleijeses.
    In part 1, we discuss the context of the book and some details about Gleijeses, the history of authoritarian dictators in Guatemala through the 1930's and 1940's, Juan Jose Arevalo, Arbenz and his background, the United Fruit Company, and tons more!
    Further Reading/References
    Piero Gleijeses Radio War Nerd Patreon Page r/badhistory post on Jacobo Arbenz When Mountains Tremble Full Film Granito Trailer Anti-Imperialism: An Introductory Reading List on the Capillaries Blog Jacobo Arbenz The Guatemalan Revolution Juan Jose Arevalo Jose Manuel Fortuny 1932 Salvadoran Peasant Uprising and Massacre Jorge Ubico Juan Federico Ponce Vaides Castillo Armas Edward Bernays John Foster Dulles Carribean Legion Thomas Sankara ------------------------------------------------
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    The Enchantments of Mammon w. The Regrettable Century (Pt. 1)

    The Enchantments of Mammon w. The Regrettable Century (Pt. 1)

    A Lost Horizons Network Collaboration
    It's time once again for Real Nerd Hourz with our podrades from The Regrettable Century! And we decided to keep it chill this time and read a book together that is only 1000 pages. We join forces to kick off our new collaborative reading series on Eugene Macarraher's The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity. 
    Chris leads us through the Introduction and Part 1 to get things off just right. We talk about the general thesis of the book that the world is not disenchanted with capitalism but enchanted in a new corrupt way, the moral economy, the Commons, medieval communal life, Protestantism, romantic anti-capitalism, the Big Beards, William Blake, and tons more!
    Further Readings/References
    Eugene McCarraher The Enchantments of Mammon Review Max Weber The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism The Medieval Moral Economy The Commons The Reconquista Lebensraum John Locke Paradise Lost Gerard Winstanley David Hume Thomas Malthus William Blake John Ruskin William Morris Narodniks Wassily Kandinsky Gustav Landauer ------------------------------------------------
    Email us at redlibrarypodcast@gmail.com
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    Click here to listen to the Lost Horizons Network podcast
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    Click here to find the host's political theory blog, Capillaries: Theory at the Front

    • 1 hr 54 min

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